Gears ticking under load only

Dezza Posts: 155
edited March 2013 in Workshop
Hello all

When i'm riding with the drive train under load it frequently sounds out of index (ticking like it wants to change gear). However, when i chuck it on the workstand to tweak the barrel adjuster it sounds ok- so i dont touch it. It's pretty frustrating.

I was wondering if this is a symptom of chain wear? I'd say the chain has done about 1.5k miles and cassette half that. I'll look into get a chain checker tool if this sounds suspect.

In addition, i'm running a 11-25 cassette but would like to swap for 11-28.... would this require a longer chain?



  • alihisgreat
    alihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    no need to get a chain checker -> just use a tape measure
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,853
    rear mech may be dirty/in need of lube, need adjusting, be out of alignment etc.

    if the current chain is the correct length, you need a longer one to fit an 11-28
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  • ricky1980
    ricky1980 Posts: 891
    Try reindex your rear derailleur. Undo the bolt that clamps the derailleur cable and setup the rear derailleur as if newly installation. Your problem should go after that.
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  • CRAIGO5000
    CRAIGO5000 Posts: 697
    Bent hanger?
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